What a week! For those who don’t know, and I apologize in advance if this is how you are finding out, Jackie and I will be loading up the kids and all our stuff and moving to Mobile, AL. We have accepted a job @ Integrity music where I will be directing a wonderful marketing department. So this entire week has been spent in Mobile looking for a place to live, schools, trying to meet some people, getting set in and trying to get ready for this life shift that will take place in three weeks. If you have questions call or email me, its all good. 

I did want to leave you with this for today…as I was sitting in chapel on Wednesday morning, the speaker was discussing the need to  be always moving forward as people, organizations and movements. The biggest mistake that can keep us from moving forward is becoming so attached to our methods that we substitute our methods for our practices. Let me explain. Practices are the core of why we do what we do. Methods are the vehicles by which we achieve results. As life moves it is important to make sure that as a person, leader, group, organization, or movement, you are moving forward and influencing new people. As we move forward in life, we have to always hold on to our DNA, our convictions, values, history, and experiences. However, those are part of our practices. What we can not become married to is our methods. Methods should always be changing. How we do what we do needs to continually morph and grow and challenge, and expand. We become comfortable with our methods in success and thus lose the desire or start to think we do not need to continue to look for the next wave of how to do what we do really well. This theory applies across the board, however, churches deal with it the most. Often times methods become traditions or sacred cows.

What methods are you using that stopped working a yesterday, a week ago, a month ago or longer? 12-27 year olds, the “millennial” generation, are the largest population in history. If you want to succeed long term, and leave something that lasts, we had better start asking ourselves how to meet the needs of THAT generation. Enjoy today, celebrate yesterday, change for tomorrow.

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